Google releases top spelling mistakes across the U.S.

Pictured: U.S. map of top spelling mistakes released by Google.
By: 
Averie Warren
PDN Intern

Google joined in the Scripps National Spelling Bee spirit on Twitter Thursday [May 26] by releasing a map of the U.S. showing the single word that people in each of the 50 states have trouble spelling.

Data from Google Trends shows that the word Oklahomans has the most trouble spelling is “gray.”

However, South Dakota and Michigan also have a hard time spelling “gray.”

A frequent problem with the word gray appears to be whether to spell it with an “a” or an “e.” Both gray and grey are correct forms of the word, but “gray” is the common American English form whereas “grey” is more common in all other varieties of English, such as in the U.K.

The data was accumulated using Google searches that start with “how to spell” and are followed by the word people are looking to spell.

Other frequently searched words included “vacuum,”  “cancelled,” “desert” and “definitely”; or in Massachusetts case, “Massachusetts.”

See the full list below:

• Alabama — Tongue
• Alaska — Hawaii
• Arizona — Diarrhea
• Arkansas — Leprechaun
• California — Desert
• Colorado — Beautiful
• Connecticut — Desert
• Delaware — Neighbor
• Florida — Tomorrow
• Georgia — Appreciate
• Hawaii — Boutineer
• Idaho — Desert
• Illinois — Appreciate
• Indiana — Desert
• Iowa — Maintenance
• Kansas — Schedule
• Kentucky — Maintenance
• Louisiana — Definitely
• Maine — Vacuum
• Maryland — Cancelled
• Massachusetts — Massachusetts
• Michigan — Gray
• Minnesota — Broccoli
• Mississippi — Sergeant
• Missouri — Pneumonia
• Montana — Vacuum
• Nebraska — Guarantee
• Nevada — Cousin
• New Hampshire — Diarrhea
• New Jersey — February
• New Mexico — Neighbor
• New York — Beautiful
• North Carolina — Pneumonia
• North Dakota — Attitude
• Ohio — Banana
• Oklahoma — Gray
• Oregon — Definitely
• Pennsylvania — Cancelled
• Rhode Island — Cancelled
• South Carolina — Convenience
• South Dakota — Gray
• Tennessee — Courtesy
• Texas — Niece
• Utah — Leprechaun
• Vermont — Possible
• Virginia — Cancelled
• Washington — Pneumonia
• West Virginia — Giraffe
• Wisconsin — Vacuum
• Wyoming — Ornery

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